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PhD student position available in predator-prey interactions lab!

We are looking for a motivated, broad-thinking student interested in pursuing question-driven research. The position may be particularly well suited for students who are skilled at bridging disciplines.

The Doctoral Student will join the project “Defensive symbiosis” under the supervision of Dr. Juan Galarza and Prof. Johanna Mappes. The project is part of the Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions funded by the Academy of Finland. The project explores the role of bacterial symbionts in the defensive strategies of chemically defended moths (Arctiinae). The tasks of the Doctoral Student focus on research concerning doctoral thesis, doctoral studies, teaching assistance and other related tasks. The ideal candidate will have basic skills in molecular microbiology and/or gas chromatography techniques, and a good knowledge of evolutionary biology. Entomological knowledge would be an asset. The Doctoral Student is expected to participate in fieldwork, experimental work, microbiological and HPLC assays, as well as conventional and next-generation sequencing. We hope the student to start as soon as possible in 2017, but not later than April 30th 2017.

To learn more about the University of Jyväskylä please visit our web-pages.

The Doctoral Student job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 1-4 according to the salary system concerning teaching and research personnel at universities (1.795,12 €/month – 2.462,01 €/month). In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to a maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid. Starting salary (gross) is typically 2187€ per month.

For informal enquires about the position please contact Dr. Juan Galarza ( or Prof. Johanna Mappes

The application (in English) should include:
1) A 1-page cover letter, outlining the motivation for applying for the position
2) Contact details of 2 academics who can provide reference
3) Curriculum Vitae
4) Copy of degree certificates

Please submit your application as a single pdf file to no later than 23th December 2016.

Post-Doctoral opportunities

I am keen to collaborate with post-doctoral researchers interested in predator-prey interactions. You can apply for Fellowships from a number of organisations: Marie Curie webpages for Fellowship eligibility and guidelines for EU citizens, Academy of Finland. If you are a non-EU citizen, you may be eligible for funding from Marie Curie, NSF International Research Fellowship Program (US only), Life Science Research Foundation (US only).

We are also very keen to host research fellows. If you are thinking about writing a fellowship application and fancy working somewhere with nice colleagues with a strong evolutionary ecology focus, email me!

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